Abdulbagi Zulalov - one of brightest and beloved mugham singers in Caucasus

Baku, March 30, AZERTAC

Abdulbagi Zulalov, also widely known as Bulbuljan, was born in 1841 in Shusha - the cradle of Azerbaijani culture.

Bulbuljan became one of the brightest and beloved mugham singers in the whole Caucasus.

Mugham is an original classical folk music characterized by a large degree of improvisation popular in Azerbaijan.

Among all the popular mugham singers we can find a few ones who deserves to be compared with Abdulbagi. He had both wonderful voice, attractive appearance and high stage culture.

In 1875, Abdulbagi moved to Tiflis (present-day Tbilisi, capital of Georgia), which was the most fabulous city of the Caucasus at that time. There he began to perform mugham with a talented tar player Sadikhjan, who was also from Karabakh and known everywhere as the “father of the Azerbaijani tar”.

Soon their names became popular not only in Tiflis, but in the whole Georgia. In a very short period of time, Abdulbagi learned perfect Georgian language and began to perform the Azerbaijani mughams in Georgian, which brought the Georgian listeners into rapture.

Abdulbagi was also a teacher, who had very talented disciples. Such masters of Azerbaijani mugham as Jabbar Garyaghdioghlu, Musa Shushinski, Mashadi Mammad Farzaliyev, Alasgar of Sheki, Seyid Shushinski and many others learned a lot from him.

No wonder that the Zulalov’s family is also known in Azerbaijan, as the family of musical talents. Abdulbagi’s daughter, granddaughter and nephews: respectively Aziza khanim, Sona khanim, Ali and Gambar continued his traditions with dignity.

Great singer Abdulbagi died in 1927 in Baku.

In 2017, Azerbaijan marked the 175th anniversary of great khananda Bulbuljan.


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